The Note: When Trump's words count him out

The TAKE with Rick Klein

A president known for words, and then more words, may soon be known for the lack thereof.

The immediate future could bring a redacted memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, and gaps where President Donald Trump’s testimony in front of Robert Mueller would be.

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Then there are words he did utter: “Let’s have a shutdown” … “We’ll go with another shutdown” … “I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”

Endorsing a shutdown if there isn’t a deal on border security reflects neither the current realities on Capitol Hill nor the priorities even Trump’s own White House is pushing at the moment.

This comes after Trump trampled on his own message, calling Democrats “un-American” and possibly “treasonous” for not applauding at the State of the Union address. (The latter phrase, according to the White House, was a joke; no word yet on the former.)

The upshot might be a president cut out of legislative machinations, with a…

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